Despite the highly flawed and confusing nature of ranking cameras using a point-based system, Google Pixel 5 has obtained a 120-point score from DxOMark, an 8-point bump over Pixel 4 according to the ranking system of the French company.
Considering that a new focal length is offered by the Pixel 5 camera hardware, but retains the same core camera sensor, the scoring seems all the more confusing. Even more so when you know that the Pixel 5 actually lacks the Pixel Neural Core for faster processing on the device, although this suggests that software plays an even more crucial role in the latest flagship companies’ camera performance.
The Pixel 5 barely scrapes the top 15, unlike in previous years, where a 120-point total camera score will put a Pixel device firmly in the top 10 in DxOMark ‘s ranking. This is certainly due to the lack of a telephoto zoom lens, since the scoring system of DxOMark means a higher average based on the number of lenses that a device has at its disposal. The Pixel 5 has earned what seems like an incredible 129-point total for photos.
These ratings are, as we have said, and many others will tell you, often completely out of sync with what you see in the real world. Criticisms aside, though, the rankings are a who’s who of the best in the business. Along with the way the device treats image capabilities, DxOMark praised the exposure, color, and autofocus capabilities of the Pixel 5.
According to DxOMark, intricate details and texture are notable high points of the Pixel 5 camera system, but noise appears to be a problem as they found that “visible noise in virtually all images” was a major weakness when using the digitally enhanced Super Res Zoom. For zoom capabilities, this results in a 49-point score, which is a slight bump down compared to the 81-point score awarded to Pixel 4 last year.
The ultra-wide – angle lens is the first on a device from the Google Pixel series, and DxOMark suggested that the field of view is “limited” but produces solid shots, something we have proven ourselves:
In DxOMark ‘s testing, the Pixel 5 saw big strides in video performance and features, resulting in the highest video score for a Google computer. The video autofocus, while the stabilization was also highly praised at 4 K UHD, was a major commendation from DxO.
A 107 score was awarded for the Pixel 5 camera’s video portion. “The” underwhelming exposure and obvious color casts are often evident in low light “were the biggest complaints. However, the Pixel 5 video shooting capabilities were strongly suited to bright and standard lighting conditions.
Strangely, on the Pixel 5, DxOMark decided not to test the dedicated Night Sight mode, with no explanation as to why not. The conclusion, however, is that the Pixel 5 manages to deliver an excellent camera experience that goes toe-to – toe with double and triple-cost devices:
Of course, it will be interesting to see how the scoring system evolves over the coming years, as it is difficult at this stage of 2020 to look for a bad flagship smartphone camera experience. Heck, we’d never suggest buying just a DxOMark-awarded score for a device. While we condemn the potentially defective scoring system, it is still important to remember that the preference of the camera is still highly subjective.